Labor board: Union evidence in Bessemer Amazon vote ‘could be grounds for overturning election’


By William Thornton, (Alabama)

Apr 28, 2021


The National Labor Relations Board today said evidence submitted by the union which sought to organize at Amazon’s Bessemer fulfillment center “could be grounds for overturning” its unsuccessful election.


Reuters is reporting the NLRB will hold a hearing on May 7 to consider the objections of the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union. The union failed by more than a 2-to-1 margin to secure enough votes to represent Amazon workers in Bessemer during a mail-in election held in February and March.


“The evidence submitted by the union in support of its objections could be grounds for overturning the election if introduced at a hearing,” the labor board said, according to Reuters.


The RWDSU raised 23 objections to the election, arguing, among other things, that Amazon terminated a union supporter for passing out authorization cards in non-working areas, and disciplined a union supporter for speaking out during mandatory anti-union meetings. They also allege the company emailed employees telling them that they would have to lay off 75 percent of the center’s workforce, threatened them with losing health benefits, and closing the warehouse if the union was voted in...


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